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WHAT GRIEVES THE HOLY SPIRIT

If you have been brought up in church, you may be familiar with the statement “do not grieve the Holy Spirit”. Whereas we strive for fellowship and intimacy with the Holy Spirit, we should also be aware of what saddens Him. The Holy Spirit has a personality. In previous blogs I shared my experience in walking in the Spirit, today I would like to share what grieves the Spirit according to the  Bible; from personal experiences and observations and from, convictions of the Holy Spirit. This is not the complete list; there could be more. We grieve the Holy Spirit when:

  1.   When we cut Him short in worship, during prayer or during ministration
  2. When we abruptly change His flow through the songs we sing in worship-true worshippers and ministers can attest that the Holy Spirit will rest strongly on particular songs. When our agenda is to sing all the songs listed, or when the worship leader is tempted to put a show of skills, we quench the Holy Spirit

3)         When the church’s agenda or programs supersede the Agenda of the Holy Spirit

4)        When we insist on praying our own prayers whilst suppressing what the Holy Spirit wants us to pray for- This happens a lot during intercession. We can easily pray in the flesh – such prayers are amiss. We grieve Him when we leave Him out of prayer

5)         When the sanctuary of God, the meeting place, home or church is not honored or respected. The house that you live in and your body are also temples of God. The Holy Spirit is grieved when they are not honored

6)         The way we dress or present ourselves can grieve the Holy Spirit-This has nothing to do with wearing pants (trousers) or sleeveless clothes to church. whatever we do in action, dressing or presentation should not draw attention to us but should instead bring glory to God. Generally, worship and ministry should draw people to God and not to an individual. The Holy Spirit does not give glory to Himself but Jesus (John 15:26)

7)         When Spiritual gifts are used to manipulate or control others and or used to draw attention to skills and gifts of the presenter (same as the #6)

8)         When we ignore the instructions of the Holy Spirit when we take Him for granted. Ignoring the Holy Spirit is outright disastrous. Basically, you are on your own at that time; the absence of the Holy Spirit results in fleshly activities. Often that is when people start mimicking the Holy Spirit, fabricating or manufacturing outcomes.

9)         When we talk carelessly and construe Scriptures to meet our needs or when gifts and talents are selfishly -solely used for personal gain .

10)       When we do not use our time wisely; when we procrastinate or delay in implementing what the Holy Spirit has instructed us to do

11)       Unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, covetousness, malice, gossip, anger or rage that leads to sin, speaking evil or others, slander, unconfessed sin, among others also grieve the Holy Spirit

12) When we neglect His advice and seek counsel from people or other sources such us the occult, divination, palm reading, shaman, astrologers and other forms of witchcraft

My encouragement to you this week is ; respond quickly at the conviction of the Holy Spirit even if when it seems illogical. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity. We should relate to Him and reverence Him they way we treat Jesus and God our Father. Purpose to honor the Holy Spirit completely in life.

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LET US PROPHESY OVER OUR CHILDREN

The first chapter of the book of Luke in Bible, gives historical accounts of first cousins John, then Jesus. Among the similarities of these two births is that their conception and births were announced by an Angel, most likely the same Angel Gabriel.

The other similarity is that both these births are for a greater purpose; John to be the forerunner for Jesus then Jesus to complete the assignment. If you read further you will notice where John is filled with the Holy Spirit when he encounters Mary his aunt. You will also read where John realizes his assignment is over and steps aside to let Jesus take the lead.

What intrigued me as I read this account was the role of the parents in prophesying the destinies of the children while they were still in the womb and after they were born.

In Luke 1: 46-55, we see Mary praising God and prophesying the destiny of Jesus. In Luke 1:67-79, we see Zechariah John’s father prophesy of John’s destiny. This is encouraging too because we see Mary a female, prophesy over her Son and Zechariah a male prophesy over his son. This means any gender can prophesy over their children.

Whereas God has already outlined our destinies, there are things that we have to contend for. This week whether your children are adults or infants; whether they are at home or away and or whether they have “wandered away”, still prophesy over them. Hold their names up to God in prayer, find a Scripture that aligns to that prayer and prophesy over your children. If the children are not there in person, print their photo, lay your hands over the photo, anoint that photo with anointing oil if led and pray fervently for your children every day.

Luke 1:37 –Nothing is impossible with God. The eyes of the Lord that go to and fro will locate your children. You are the righteous of the Lord. God desires that everything about you prospers. That includes your children. Calling mothers and fathers to prophesy over them today; call forth their destinies daily!

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DESTINY DETOURS

I wish we were guaranteed that the road paved for our destiny was a -6-laner high speed, straight forward … smile it aint! Interestingly, this road may have some pot holes, speed bumps, speed limits and even detours. My encouragement to you this this week is to embrace the detours; if you are walking the God assigned destiny, the detours will still lead to your destiny!

Matthew 2:19-23 is a perfect example –So Joseph got up, took the child (Jesus) and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Achelous was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, Joseph withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that Jesus would be called a Nazarene

Like with Jesus above, destiny was that He was to be called a Nazarene, so although Joseph set for Judea, his trigger resulted in God’s warning to detour to Nazareth in order for the prophesies to be fulfilled that Jesus would come from Narezeth.

Is God directly you to detour? Do you hear that small voice warning you not to proceed yet, to hold off yet, to change the course yet, put your brakes on, and follow an alternative route instead? You may call that small voice ‘something”, others call it ‘”instinct” I call Him the Holy Spirit.

From experience, God assigned detours are normally for your protection, to teach you something or to mature you in a certain area. This week, reflect and reevaluate your detours. Are you in one now, embrace it? Have you just be been redirected, ask God to show you why and what you need to gain from it. And also celebrate these; destiny speed bumps, speed limits, and detours are all working for your good (Romans 8:28). That the purposes of God in you and God’s prophesies (word) concerning you aka DESTINY are fulfilled!

Cheer up, it’s all good!

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GOD IS TIMELESS. SO ASK FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASES

Some of you may relate. I tend to do most of my reflection and meditation while driving. So I was pondering on God’s promises that had been spoken over my life and concluded that I would commit them to prayer the next morning and start declaring them for the season.

Right there the Holy Spirit said, but God is timeless! And I shook my head nodding NO- why wait for tomorrow to declare the promises. Start now, God is timeless! And off I went. I started by thanking God for His omnipresence. Then the Holy Spirit reminded me that He is the Alpha and Omega. And that God hears our prayers immediately the first time we pray.

•Isaiah 65:24-Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.
•Psalm 34:17- The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
•Deuteronomy 4:7-For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?

Then I proceeded with; today is the day of salvation, right now this hour this evening, God can still release my miracles. God is timeless and limitless. Off I went, praying the immediate releases. Lord release now! Let your Angels disperse them now. Let them connect with me now, this evening!

I don’t know about you, it could be that the blessings, miracles, promises and breakthroughs have already been released on earth, already here somewhere waiting for us to call them in.

This week, do not hesitate to ask God for immediate releases. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation 2 Corinthians 2:6. Today is the day of salvation, now is the hour of deliverance. Today is the day of healing, now is the hour of restoration and restitution. Every true prophesy is a promise from God. Reflect on past prophesies, pray them in. God is timeless, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of our salvation and miracles.